About Us

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Mission, Vision & Purpose

The CMS Foundation is the official nonprofit partner for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, raising money to support the district’s highest strategic priorities. Harnessing the power of private investments in education, we seed innovative ideas and help expand programs to accelerate system-wide transformation.

We play a unique role in our community, serving as a trusted bridge that connects donors to the district’s most critical work. In this position, we help ensure investments in our school system have a meaningful, sustainable impact on our students and educators.

A great community must have a great public school system. We believe that by working together, we can make Charlotte-Mecklenburg a national leader in public education, where teaching is an iconic profession and opportunity abounds for every child.

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We connect donors to the district's most critical work.

Our Work

What We Do

  • Identify strategic, high-impact opportunities for private support within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Raise money and connect private resources to the district’s most critical work
  • Steward investments with integrity and maintain open communication with donors
  • Fund teacher-led projects through innovation grants
  • Facilitate collaboration between educators and the community
  • Manage restricted and donor-directed funds supporting student-specific causes and initiatives
  • Serve as a 501(c)(3) pass-through for CMS schools and departments seeking grants or receiving donations
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Our Financials

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Our People & Priorities

With the help of our dedicated board, talented team, and the local philanthropic community, including generous donors and supportive advocates like you, we develop initiatives and programs that support educators as they foster the potential of nearly 150,000 students in CMS schools.

Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated Board of Directors, making a difference in public education in our community.

Meet Our Team

The CMS Foundation staff team helps ensure that your private investments have a meaningful, sustainable impact.

Fundraising Priorities

As the official nonprofit partner for CMS schools, we raise money to support the district’s highest strategic priorities.

Our Programs

We seed innovative ideas and help expand existing programs to accelerate system-wide transformation.

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empower students & teachers

Public funding alone is not sufficient to provide our students and teachers the opportunities they need and deserve. Partner with the CMS Foundation today and help serve the students and teachers in the greater Charlotte area, creating an even better, brighter community.

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4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd.

Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28217

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